Geekery: The Rolling Shutter Effect Explained

Ever wonder why moving objects on cell phone videos look a little warped?

The camera on your phone doesn’t capture images like film cameras. When you take a still shot there’s no shutter – it takes a digital scan, line by line. This can cause fast moving objects to warp. This is the rolling shutter effect. In his most recent video Destin Sandlin uses high speed camera footage to simulate the effect to explain it using planes, guitar strings, and other fast moving objects…

Behind the scenes shows how they did the rolling shutter videos….

I’m a bit more impressed with the method than the result. That took a lot of work, and math, to accomplish.

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  • Damon Sherman

    did you post an article on the wrong site?